BRONX, N.Y. - They were images hard to fathom happening in the city, but after sundown several days last week, vandals and looters hit the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.
The peaceful protests overshadowed by violence and destruction. There was broken glass, stolen goods, and trash fires. For Amin Razzaque, he was shocked to see his neighborhood torn apart.
“I literally heard the helicopters that night when the looting and the destruction was happening and i couldn't go to sleep and that broke my heart and that’s how the movement happened," Razzaque said.
Razzaque stands proudly beside those protesting the killing of George Floyd. But what he doesn’t support is the looting hurting businesses, many that happen to be black and latino owned.
He says they’ve already suffered enough because of state-mandated shutdowns.
“We were devastated by what happened to our community a couple of days ago," Razzaque said.
So he sprung into action.
He took to Twitter, asking neighbors to join him in cleaning up the mess left from the string of nights before. He was moved by the massive response.
“There was people not even from the Bronx, like Brooklyn. Oh my God like when someone told me they came out from Brooklyn to help out Fordham Road it was mind boggling so it’s like an amazing thing we did here," Razzaque said.
The crowdfunding campaign Razzaque launched started small. His initial goal was simply to raise $1,000, but in a few short days, $45,000 was donated to the cause.
“One tweet, one message on social media can change and start a movement and the possibilities are endless," Razzaque said.
Some funds are now being used to buy cleaning supplies, and the rest will go toward providing relief as local business owners get back on their feet.
“We have to take initiative, we have to take control of our community," Razzaque said.
Razzaque says he could not be prouder of the way his community came together.
After months of hardship, he is confident the neighborhood will make a strong comeback.
“It shows that there are people that are willing to support and help no matter what the cause is and that if you can stand united together we can surpass anything," Razzaque said.
So, for fixing damaged storefronts and broken windows, all to keep businesses on track for reopening, Amin Razzaque is our New Yorker of the Week.